Man allegedly destroyed $5 million worth of artwork at Dallas museum

A man broke into a Dallas museum Wednesday night and destroyed more than $5 million worth of old and irreplaceable artwork because he “got mad at his daughter,” officials said.

Brian Hernandez, 21, allegedly decided to calm his anger by breaking into the Dallas Museum of Art and smashing several vessels, bowls and figurines worth $5,153,000, according to an arrest warrant obtained by NBC 5.

Hernandez allegedly used a metal chair to smash the museum’s glass entrance around 9:40 p.m. Once inside, he used a stool to destroy the rare and irreplaceable artwork, police said.

He allegedly told museum guards who found him with the destroyed items that he “got mad at his daughter, so he broke in and started destroying property,” according to the arrest document.

The guards made Hernandez sit on a bench while they called the police. When officers arrived, they arrested him for criminal mischief over $300,000.

According to surveillance footage and police, Hernandez allegedly destroyed two ancient painted vessels — a Greek amphora dating from the 6th century BCE and a Greek pyxis dating from the 5th century BCE — which had a combined value of $5 million.

He also smashed a 550 BCE Greek ceramic bowl worth about $100,000 and a Caddo alligator figurine worth $10,000 into pieces.

To get his hands on the pieces, Hernandez allegedly smashed two display cases worth $17,000 each. A computer, telephone, bench and museum signage were also damaged.

The Dallas Museum of Art said it was still assessing the full extent of the damage.

“While we are devastated by this incident, we are grateful that no one was injured,” museum administrators said in a statement. “The safety of our staff and visitors, and the care and protection of the art in our stewardship, are our top priorities.”

Hernandez is being held in the Dallas County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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